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Australia claim first world championship

Australia celebrate their 2014 Wheelchair Rugby World Championship Committee
Australia celebrate their 2014 Wheelchair Rugby World Championship Committee
courtesy 2014 Wheelchair Rugby World Championship Committee

Australia have claimed their first ever world title as they managed a 67-56 win over Canada at Odense on Sunday afternoon.

In a replay of the last two major championship finals, the London Paralympics and the Canada Cup, the result again replayed as Australia defeated Canada for the fourth time in a row in a competitive game.

Both teams started the match well, with Ryley Batt forcing the first turnover but that was matched by Canada quickly as the sides struggled to break clear of each other in the first quarter which finished with the sides level at 15.

Australia spent most of the second quarter playing with their unique 3.5, 3.5, 0.5, 0.5 combination, which putt Ryley Batt and Chris Bond both on the court at the same time, meaning they had a lot of pace available. That decision proved to be a smart one from, Australia coach, Brad Dubberly as it allowed Australia to force tunovers and get the goals that they needed.

After forcing Canada to go through their time-outs, Australia held on to all of theirs and had the freedom to use them at will, taking a crucial 32-27 lead at the end of the half.

Australia just completely blew it out in the third quarter, letting their high tempo came, with Bond and Batt both causing serious issues to the Canadian defense and taking a nine point lead in to the final quarter, seemingly cruising to their first ever world title.

With just under two minutes gone in the final quarter, Australia pushed the lead out to ten, and with so little time remaining, it effectively ended the challenge of Canada.

With such a lead, both sides looked to rotate their benches to give their whole squad experience in a World Championship Final as Australia claimed their first ever World Championship 67-56 over Canada.

The win completes the one missing part of Australia's Wheelchair Rugby CV and should see the Steelers move back to the top of the World Rankings while Canada come second again, but could well move upp to second in the rankings after humbling the USA yet again.

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